Staff Pick

Italian freelance journalist Francesca Borri spent over 2 years reporting from Aleppo, Syria, bearing witness to the devastation of Syria’s largest and wealthiest city. She infuses her reports from the front lines of the battle for Aleppo with poetic descriptions of the people who somehow manage to live among a shattered cityscape, where a mortar or barrel bomb can come crashing down at any moment. Borri’s healthy cynicism about the motivations of all sides in the conflict, and her ability to transport you to the front lines through vivid prose, recall Orwell’s Homage to Catalonia.

Syrian Dust: Reporting from the Heart of the War Cover Image
By Francesca Borri, Anne Milano Appel (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781609806613
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Published: Seven Stories Press - April 19th, 2016

A Rage For Order is a wide and revealing window into the uprisings throughout the Middle East around 2011. We travel with the author as he meets movers and shakers and we witness the events that unfold in vivid detail, making you feel almost like you're there breathing in the smoke and fighting for a better way. Powerful and sometimes tragic, this book is an excellent source of information for those wanting to understand the Middle East better.

A Rage for Order: The Middle East in Turmoil, from Tahrir Square to ISIS Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374252946
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - April 26th, 2016

This graphic memoir tells the story of author Riad Sattouf's cross-cultural childhood. Sattouf's father, a pan-Arabist history professor, chooses to move his French wife and their son from France to Libya, then to Syria. Growing up in the Middle East, the young, blond headed Riad struggles to learn Arabic and make friends. The memoir also explores Riad's relationships with his parents and their respective homelands, Syria and France. Finally, the memoir is a satire on political fervor and its divisiveness, all told through the eyes of a thoughtful Arab European child.

The Arab of the Future: A Childhood in the Middle East, 1978-1984: A Graphic Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9781627793445
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Published: Metropolitan Books - October 20th, 2015

The Arab of the Future 2: A Childhood in the Middle East, 1984-1985: A Graphic Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9781627793513
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Published: Metropolitan Books - September 20th, 2016